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by Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson, at 10:30 am, November 16, 2018, We Tour

This beautiful Ugandan Park and its Crater Lake Trail should be your next destination [Photos]

Many people may not be too excited about the name of the park because of the memories it draws from history but nonetheless, the Queen Elizabeth National park is still one of Uganda’s most visited tourist sites for both locals and foreigners.

The park, located in the Western Region of Uganda, extends from Lake George to Lake Edward and is the home of the Maramagambo Forest in it as well.

The park was originally called Kazinga National Park when it was founded in 1952 but was renamed Queen Elizabeth National Park in 1954 in honour of the Queen’s visit.

African Bush Elephant

Aside from the beautiful lakes and  Maramagambo Forest, which stretches to Congo, the Queen Elizabeth National Park is also home to a unique set of beautiful wildlife including the African Bush Elephant, African Leopard, the Nile Crocodile and the Ugandan Kob.

The park is closely linked to the Queen Elizabeth Country Park in England and is a conservative unit that allows tourist to take a tour.

The most breathtaking part of the park is definitely the chain of craters known as the Katwe craters or Katwe-Kikorongo explosion craters, many of which have now developed into saltwater lakes or lush grasslands.

Formed from ancient volcanic activity in Uganda some eight to 10 thousand years ago, the spectacular view of these crater lakes make it hard to believe that they were formed out of volcanic explosions that caused great damage to landmarks leaving Lake Edward toxic.

Popularly called the Crater Lake Trail, it offers tourist hungry for a taste of nature in its best form.

There are several hotels and lodges for guests to find accommodation and what can be more refreshing than having breakfast on a balcony with a great view of the park and all it has to offer.

Mweya Safari Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Tourists and visitors can also indulge in hiking, biking, boat riding fishing, camping, animal tracking  and definitely the Safari to have a feel of the Explosive Crater Lakes

It is also very possible to climb above sea level and enjoy the view of the crater lakes from a high range which gives an illusion of a huge painting.

As a bonus treat, visitors will also see the Bunyaruguru Craters which are very close by as well as the Kichwamba Rift valley.

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